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Constructing window frames for huts in France

Two women holding up a wooden window frame. They have just finished constructing it, and are holding it up for the camera. The woman on the left is holding a hammer in her right hand. Behind them, a number of men and women are also standing looking at the camera. They are in a large yard bordered by sheds, and are surrounded by piles of lumber.


The letters Q.M.A.A.C. stand for Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. During the war, women were involved in a wide variety of non-combatant roles ranging from nursing and driving ambulances to cooking and construction.


[Original reads: ''OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Q.M.A.A.C. Crowd of women carpenters who work for Government contractors in France. Women carpenters at work in France. Constructing window frames for huts in France.']

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Taken circa 1918